• Art of Invitation

    In November 2019, Butler Gallery and independent curator Orlaith Treacy will host UK arts organisation Encounters to deliver a three-day course in the Art of Invitation from 4-6th November, exploring creative ways to engage communities in projects that are considerate of our environment. This will be followed by a public day of discussion and collaboration on the 7th of November.

    Activating participation is an essential craft, and the Art of Invitation shares a deep and broad range of approaches and experiences to ignite the collective imagination and create the possibilities for change. This course provides participants with the tools and methodologies to engage communities in creative projects in ways that are considerate of our environment. Participants learn through doing, making, reflecting individually and in groups and develop their own plans, activities and skills for change for their own projects, organisations and communities.

    The Art of Invitation Course provides:

      • Inspirational ways to develop a more environmentally conscious creative practice.
      • Effective ways of bringing diverse groups of people together and maintaining their involvement.
      • Information on how to support people to respond and become active in the world, exploring how making art together can accelerate change.

    The three-day course will focus on inspiring design tools and values, specialist workshops and presentations, systems thinking and embodied making. Guided by the work of environmental activist and author Joanna Macy, Encounters’ explore ‘what’s it like to live now?’ grounding their work squarely in the realities of our current ecological crises and the challenges of working collectively to mend our damaged relationship to the natural world. Encounters draw upon their own creative practices and experiences of engaging people and communities, each having worked for many years in the arts. Participants are encouraged to bring their own project ideas, plans and experiences as material to develop within the course.

    Following the three-day course, there will be a day of public discussion that will put the knowledge that has been gained into practice, drawing people together to make future plans and actions.

    A separate Art of Invitation 1 day course will be provided for people working in community-supporting organisations in the public and voluntary sector. Please contact hollie@butlergallery.com for more information.

    For more information on inspiring UK arts organisation Encounters please follow this link: http://encounters-arts.org.uk/about-encounters

    To book your place on the three day course please email hollie@butlergallery.com.

    To book your place on the public discussion please book your ticket here.

    This week of events has been kindly supported by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, the Arts Council of Ireland, the OPW and the Butler Gallery.